The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conducts humanitarian service around the world. Here is everything that occurred in the month of May.

Wheelchair Donations in Latin America

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated wheel chairs in different parts of the Latin America. Photo courtesy of Church Newsroom.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated wheel chairs in different parts of the Latin America. Photo courtesy of Church Newsroom.

From May 6 to 12, The Church of Jesus Christ partnered with Red Cross to provide 349 wheelchairs and some walkers, crutches and canes to people in Belize. 

Also, on May 19, the Church provided 300 wheelchairs in Peru “for neurological support, active pediatrics and pushchairs,” according to a Church press release.

That same day, the Church also “donated around 600 high-tech wheelchairs and other technical aids for vulnerable populations in Antioquia, Colombia. In cooperation with Prosperidad Social, these wheelchairs were delivered to the Governor’s Office for distribution.” 

They also provided canes, walkers, crutches and anti-bedsore cushions.

Ground Breaking Ceremony of Accra, Ghana School

Students Ghana. Photo courtesy of Church Newsroom.
Students Ghana. Photo courtesy of Church Newsroom.

According to the press release, on May 10, “representing the Church were Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, General Authority Seventy and President of the Africa West Area, and his wife Sister Wendy Nielsen; Elder Jörg Klebingat, General Authority Seventy and First Counselor; and Elder Alfred Kyungu, General Authority Seventy and Second Counselor in the Presidency” to a groundbreaking of Mantse Tackie School in Adabraka, Ghana. 

The Church of Jesus Christ will collaborate with Ga Mantse Education Committee to renovate the primary classroom building and build “new library-information and communication technology block and bathroom facilities,” according to the press release.

Shelter and support for people in Malawi

In the month of March, people from southern parts of Africa were affected by Cyclone Freddy, which created floods and mudslides that destroyed homes and crops. It caused over 1,000 deaths and left many people without shelter. 

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints immediately went to work to provide tents, blankets, sleeping mats, mobile clinic services, mobile toilets, water treatment chemicals, maize, corn soya blend and cooking oil,” the press release said. “The value of this donation is US$100,000.”

The Church also used its meeting houses to provide shelter and food for those in need. 

Church Provides more help to people in Türkiye

Bishop Christopher Waddell visiting Türkiye. Photo courtesy of Church Newsroom.
Bishop Christopher Waddell visiting Türkiye. Photo courtesy of Church Newsroom.

In February, Türkiye and Syria had a devastating earthquake that destroyed many homes and buildings. According to the press release, Syria has “lost its infrastructure, including water, power and sewer lines.”

On May 10, Bishop Christopher Waddel and his wife visited Türkiye and noticed that it still needed humanitarian help. 

“As we drove through the city of Antakya, I was amazed at the level of destruction. I’ve only seen something like that in pictures from cities bombed during World War II. It was sobering,” Bishop Waddell in the press release. 

Bishop Waddell signed a donation in which the Church will provide 500 housing containers and mobile medical clinics. In addition, the Church “will help fund repairs for a hospital in Gaziantep,” the press release said.